ACT Policing has recorded a single digit road toll of seven in 2013 making it the second lowest annual road toll since 1959.
Traffic Operations Officer in Charge, Station Sergeant Rod Anderson said achieving the second lowest road toll in over half a century was an indication of changing attitudes in Canberra drivers to road safety.
“Any fatality on our roads is one too many and as a community we should always aim to be fatality free,” Sergeant Anderson said.
“However, this is a noticeable improvement on the 12 deaths that occurred on our roads in 2012.”
“So many factors contributed to last year’s low road toll, including increased driver awareness, increased police patrols targeting traffic law enforcement, joint ACT Government and ACT Policing road safety campaigns and the outstanding work that our ambulance services do at the scene of road collisions.”
“There is no magic wand for preventing tragic deaths on our roads. At the end of the day it all comes down to driver attitudes behind the wheel.”
Sergeant Anderson said police would continue to be out in force during the holiday season detecting and removing drivers engaging in risky behaviour such as speeding, drink and drug driving, using mobile phones and not wearing seatbelts.
“Everyone has the right to travel on the roads safely, ACT Policing will continue its strong enforcement of our road laws, and will accept no excuses for any actions which jeopardise other people’s lives,” Sergeant Anderson said.